BOOKING

WHAT IS DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR?

Drag Queen Story Hour NYC provides a range of fun and fabulous educational experiences for children and teens from 3 to 18 years old in libraries, schools, museums, and other community spaces in all five boroughs of New York City. Through storytelling and creativity, DQSH teaches children about gender diversity and all forms of difference to build empathy and give kids the confidence to express themselves however they feel comfortable.

 

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are currently offering our programs virtually, via Zoom, Google Meets, Instagram Live, and other digital platforms. We are also offering in-person programming with mandatory masks and social distancing.
 

A FEW NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK

 

Rates: The rates listed include one drag storyteller for one DQSH session, either virtually or in-person. We bring our own books selected from our list of age-appropriate picture books. If you would like us to read a specific book, please send us a PDF of the book at least two weeks in advance so we can determine whether it’s a good fit, and please provide a physical copy of the book on the day. There are additional fees for any theme requests, costume requests, additional drag storytellers, multiple reading sessions, or audiences that exceed the maximum numbers listed.

 

Deposits and cancelations: For private events, we require a $100 nonrefundable deposit to secure the event date. For all other events, we charge a $100 cancellation fee if the event is cancelled after it has been confirmed with a contract.

 

Promotion: DQSH brings drag performers to children and communities, but does not specialize in bringing families to venues. We list all DQSH events that are open to the public on our events calendar, but we can’t guarantee any promotion beyond that.

 

Changing room for the storyteller: Please provide a changing room for the storyteller to use for two hours before the event starts. It can be a single stall bathroom, office, classroom, or any other clean and private space. You do not need to provide a mirror. If you cannot provide a changing room, there is an additional $75 transportation fee.

 

Bathrooms for the public: If you are hosting an event that is open to the public, we ask that you provide at least one clearly labeled gender neutral public bathroom so that everyone feels safe attending our events.

 

Schools: Please make sure you have the full support of your school’s administration before confirming your booking with us. Some schools end up canceling events if conflict arises over the nature of our programming. While DQSH offers its programming free of charge to public schools, the organization still pays the drag performer and event facilitator for each DQSH event, and when an event is canceled, we pay the drag performer a cancellation fee. Additionally, other schools miss out on the opportunity to book a free DQSH event, since we can only offer one per month. If you need help explaining the importance of our LGBTQ-affirming programming such as DQSH to your school’s administration or parents, we have resources available for that!

PROGRAMS AND RATES

We offer sliding scale rates for programs serving different types of institutions, based on the following categories:

  • Category 1: Public elementary schools during school hours (limited availability — we currently have capacity to offer one free event per month)

  • Category 2: Public libraries; public middle and high schools; public elementary schools outside of school hours

  • Category 3: Nonprofits and charter schools

  • Category 4: Private schools

  • Category 5: Small businesses

  • Category 6: Corporations

 

Please note that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently charging an additional $75 transportation fee for all in-person events.

Signature Program

Drag Queen Story Hour

45 min  |  Ages 3-8  |  Max. 60 kids*

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is a storytelling program designed for children ages 3-8. A local drag performer trained by children’s librarians will read picture books, sing songs, do movement activities, and lead kids in a simple craft or coloring activity.

Category 1: FREE 

Category 2: $300 

Category 3: $400

Category 4: $450

Category 5: $500

Category 6: $800

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

Bilingual Drag Queen Story Hour

(Spanish and English)

45 min  |  Ages 3-8  |  Max. 60 kids*

Bilingual Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is a storytelling program designed for children ages 3-8, presented in Spanish and English. A local drag performer trained by children’s librarians will read picture books in Spanish and English, sing songs, do movement activities, and lead kids in a simple craft activity.

Category 1: FREE 

Category 2: $300 

Category 3: $400

Category 4: $450

Category 5: $500

Category 6: $800

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

Drag Queen Story Hour for Kids with Autism and Other Special Needs

45 min  |  All ages  |  Max. 12 families* (RSVP required)

Children with disabilities are welcome at all DQSH events, but this program is designed with the needs of kids with autism and other special needs in mind. Attendance numbers are limited and programs incorporate visual schedules, social stories, sensory and movement activities, fidgets, and more.     
    
We have found that drag queens are the perfect ambassadors for story time for children with social or attentional difficulties because they are performers! Have you ever tried to take your eyes off a drag queen? 

Learn more at lineupthebooks.com/dqsh. This program was designed by Eliyanna Kaiser, the voice behind the special needs picture book blog Line Up the Books.

Category 1: FREE 

Category 2: $300 

Category 3: $400

Category 4: $450

Category 5: $500

Category 6: $800

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

Drag Queen Fashion Design Workshop

60 min  |  Ages 8-18  |  Max. 12 kids*

Drag queens are highly skilled when it comes to designing and creating original fashion accessories! In this hour-long workshop, Angel Elektra, a drag queen who has been sewing costumes and styling wigs since 2016, will teach kids how to work with fabric to make their own creations. Projects include no-sew tulle skirts, tote bags, and accessories. Supplies included.

Category 1: $350 

Category 2: $350 

Category 3: $450

Category 4: $500

Category 5: $550

Category 6: $850

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

Dragtivity Time with DQSH and Sez Me*

60 min  |  Ages 8-18  |  Max 60 kids

A drag performer from DQSH will be joined by Mor Erlich, creator of Sez Me, the acclaimed LGBTQ+ web series for all ages, and The Dragtivity Book, an educational tool for engaging kids in conversations about gender and identity. This interactive workshop includes story time, a kid-friendly drag performance, and a screening of Sez Me’s Drag Special, a fun, inclusive, and age-appropriate 8-minute video introduction to drag, followed by an opportunity for kids and adults to ask questions about drag, identity, and gender expression.

Category 1: $375

Category 2: $375 

Category 3: $475

Category 4: $525

Category 5: $575

Category 6: $875

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

DQSH+

45 min  |  Ages 8-18  |  Max. 60 kids*

DQSH+ is the “big kid” version of our original DQSH program! A local drag performer trained by children’s librarians will read a picture book that explores themes of gender diversity, then lead a discussion on the book’s themes and answer questions about drag.

Category 4: $450

Category 5: $500

Category 6: $800

Category 1: FREE 

Category 2: $300 

Category 3: $400

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

Kids' Birthday Parties

45 min  |  Kids of all ages  |  Max 20 kids*

Celebrate your little one’s birthday in style with a drag queen story hour birthday party! A local drag performer trained by children’s librarians will read picture books, sing songs, do movement activities, and lead a dance party for your guests.

Cost: $350

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

DQSH After Dark

30 min  |  Adults only  |  No Max

Kids are not the only ones who like stories! You can book a DQSH for your office holiday party, baby shower, bachelorette party, birthday party, or any other occasion! At our adult DQSH events, a drag performer will read picture books, perform a lip sync number, get the crowd up and moving with the DQSH song “The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish Swish Swish,” and engage the audience in popular activities from “The Dragtivity Book,” such as “Find Your Own Drag Name.”

Nonprofits: $450 

Small businesses: $550 

Corporations: $800

READY TO BOOK?

 
LET'S CONNECT!
Are you interested in booking a DQSH program for your library, school, museum, party, or other venue? Please fill out the following form to begin the booking process:
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What program or programs are you interested in booking? (see our website for program descriptions and rates)
Are you interested in scheduling more than one DQSH program on the same date for a discounted rate for additional programs?
Can you provide a private space for the drag storyteller to get ready for up to 2 hours prior to the program?